Yesterday an article was posted on PC Perspective about OnLive (read it here
). It was a fairly insightful article making comparisons between local and streamed games, complete with videos and analysis.
I'm shocked at the reaction to the article at other sites and by OnLive's actions (serving DMCA takedown notices and Cease and Desist memos, see post #26 here
). The article was observational and probably the best objective in-depth look at OnLive we have seen to date. The analysis and editorialization I thought was fair and justified given the experience. Overall I think it was fairly well written and actually got me very excited about the possibilities of OnLive.
However, it seems that most people who have linked to the article, or reposted on their sites have latched onto this whole lag issue. Editors at other sites have sensationalized what was reported by injecting their own spin on the article by adding adjectives like: "Lukewarm", or "disappointing", etc. to their headlines.
This has totally eclipsed all other aspects of the article namely the fact that OnLive is actually making good on their voodoo promises.
Sadly, OnLive didn't see the article as constructive - with headlines at other sites making them look bad, who can blame them? But instead of taking the highroad and open a discussion, they interpretted PC Perspective's actions as aggression / transgression and sought to squish the article.
This actually could have been a great opportunity for OnLive to get people excited about their new product / service... but that has been squandered.
Despite all this drama, I'm still amazed that this thing actually does what it does! OnLive has a pretty interesting thing on their hands. Too bad they're not ready to deal with the media in a constructive manner preferring to deal with consumers and media on their own terms by feeding us controlled little nuggets which raises more questions and suspicions than anything.
Oh, and here's a sampling of the headlines linking to the original article:
"OnLive thin gaming client tested, not up to snuff
" - Geek.com
"[url=http://games.venturebeat.com/2010/01/21/onlive-gets-a-bad-review-from-beta-tester-confesses-it-cant-beat-the-speed-of-light/"]OnLive gets a bad review from sneaky blogger, but itís off the mark[/url]" - VentureBeats
"OnLive demoed: lag, graphics are a problem
" - Ars Technica
Even Destructoid did the same
but they get a free pass because we know Dtoid is full of sh1t. :)
Now read the original
and see if you don't notice a distinct difference in what PC Perspective reported, and what other media outlets posted.
Media outlets really have to stop editorializing on content that is not theirs. If they do, they should make it clear that they *are* editorializing, otherwise zealous companies like OnLive will continue to take down good content because of public image.
What a mess. Can we get back to gaming now?